Aiken County Public Schools held stakeholder input meetings Thursday throughout the district regarding its strategic plan for the 2014-19 school terms.
Although only few were in attendance at the meeting held at North Augusta Elementary School, which was held during the Area II advisory council meeting, many ideas were shared.
Those attending were asked to share their vision of an Aiken County graduate and to add to the list determined by the district. The current list includes phrases such as college and career ready students, life-long learners, civic-minded citizens, creative thinkers, problem solvers, and collaborators.
Attendees added other terms such as wide knowledge of technology, sense of integrity, strong work ethic and leadership quality.
Some of the district’s identified goals were also shared. Attendees had an opportunity to voice their thoughts on the strengths and challenges facing the district regarding student achievement, teacher leadership quality, and school climate.
The district regularly updates its strategic plan, however, it is required by the state to develop a plan every five years, said Jeanie Glover, director of federal programs for Aiken County Public Schools.
The district held its first input meeting in early February and the input window will remain open through March.
The next step will be for the superintendent’s cabinet and academic leadership to take a look at the input and refine the plan.
“We already have a skeleton of the plan but as we’re going to these meetings, we’re adding things, tweaking things,” she said.
Those who were unable to attend a meeting can still submit input at acps.schoolfusion.us.
“We’re looking at the big picture,” said Glover. “We’d like for our community members to know that these (the students) are the future citizens and we’re trying to prepare them for the real world, trying to prepare them to be productive. These are our future leaders. We want our community to be invested in our schools.”
The plan will be submitted to the state Department of Education by April 30. Once approved, the district can move forward with implementation starting with the 2014-15 school year.